Nottinghamshire residents and workers who have an interest in the rights and welfare of people held in police cells are being sought as volunteer Independent Custody Visitors.
The role involves making random visits to check that detainees are being well looked after and that their rights are taken into account.
The Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s office are currently recruiting to expand the team of IVCs who make unannounced weekly visits in pairs to the three custody suites in the City, Mansfield and Newark.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “This is a valuable scheme which, overseen by my Volunteer Manager, aims to increase public confidence in the treatment and welfare of detainees. The volunteers provide an impartial view of custody arrangements, giving the local community confidence that scrutiny of the custody suites is unbiased and totally independent.
“Their findings are reported back to me and appropriate action taken if there’s a problem.”
During 2015-16, the IVCs made 216 visits.
The role includes ensuring that vulnerable people are visited as a priority, and communicating with non-English speaking detainees with the help of language cards and mobile phones to contact interpreters.
Closing date for applications is Friday 31 March, applicants must be over 18, living or working within the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area, be good listeners and be able to work as part of a team. The Commissioner is actively seeking to recruit people who are under-represented in the volunteer workforce. Training is provided and out of pocket expenses reimbursed.
Further information and an application form can be obtained from Volunteer Manager Jackie Nash by calling 0115 844 5998 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about being an Independent Custody Visitor and to download the relevant documents please visit www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk
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Posted on Wednesday 8th March 2017